J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Scarborough Castle from the West c.1816-18

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 18 Recto:
Scarborough Castle from the West c.1816–18
Turner Bequest CL 3
Pencil on white wove paper, 117 x 180 mm
Watermarked ‘R BAR[NARD] | 181[2]’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil, ‘? South’ to right
Inscribed by an unknown hand in red ink ‘3’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CL 3’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The main sketch records the view from immediately below the outer bailey of Scarborough Castle, with the entrance gate and keep above left, and this is continued southwards along the curtain wall above right. Turner recorded almost exactly the same material in two other sketches in the sequence (D11949, 11943; Turner Bequest CL 30, 24), taken from a similar viewpoint, sufficiently further south to bring the entrance gate into view and to open up a little more of the south-east range. It seems likely that the few lines on D11916 (Turner Bequest CL 2a) represent the further continuation of this sketch to the right, suggesting that Finberg’s pagination bore some relationship to the original order of the sketchbook.

David Hill
September 2008

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Scarborough Castle from the West c.1816–18 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2008, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-scarborough-castle-from-the-west-r1146953, accessed 18 April 2021.